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ClayFighter title.png
Publisher: Interplay
System(s): Sega Mega Drive, Virtual Console
Sound driver: GEMS
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
$? T-125036
Sega Mega Drive
£44.99 T-125036-50
Sega Mega Drive
?F T-125036-50
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? T-125036-50
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas T-125036-50
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
R$? 046700

Wii Virtual Console
800 pts ?
Wii Virtual Console
800 pts ?

ClayFighter, is a fighting game developed by Visual Concepts and published by Interplay in 1994 for the Sega Mega Drive. This game is a port from the Super Nintendo, with several gameplay changes taken from the updated SNES version, Clay Fighter: Tournament Edition. The game was most known for its colorful graphics, with each character rendered from clay to give the game its unique look.


The game features eight playable characters, battling each other to become the 'King of the Circus'. The one-player game has the selected character battle through several matches, including a few rematches against previously beaten opponents, before fighting the game's final enemy, N. Boss. Each character has a set of special moves performed with special button combinations. When a character receives heavy damage, the word 'KO!' will appear above them, if they are hit with a special move during this time, they will take extra damage.


Debuting a year after its Super NES counterpart, ClayFighter on the Mega Drive is roughly the same as on Nintendo's console, but makes a number of graphical cutbacks (particularly in the introduction sequence) to accommodate for the lack of native sprite scaling and rotation. Most of the in-game graphics employ dithering techniques to cater for the Mega Drive's smaller colour palette and lack of semi-transparency support, and the top heads-up-display features a solid black background, masking the top portion of the in-game scenery.

Many voice clips are also missing in the Mega Drive version.

Magazine articles

Main article: ClayFighter/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


EGM2 US 01.pdfEGM2 US 01.pdf

Print advert in
EGM² (US) #1: "July 1994" (1994-07-19)
also published in:
  • EGM² (US) #2: "August 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[2]
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #62: "September 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[3]
  • GamePro (US) #64: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[4]
  • EGM² (US) #5: "November 1994" (1994-xx-xx)[5]
  • Sega Visions (US) #22: "December/January 1994/1995" (1994-xx-xx)[6]
  • VideoGames (US) #72: "January 1995" (199x-xx-xx)[7]

MegaForce FR 34.pdf

Print advert in
Mega Force (FR) #34: "Décembre 1994" (1994-xx-xx)

SegaMegazone AU 49.pdf

Print advert in
Sega Megazone (AU) #49: "March 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
79 №42, p156[8]
66 №10, p12
56 №26, p88-90[1]
86 №52, p104-105[9]
55 №62, p62
49 №41, p46-47
80 №71, p128[10]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
7 reviews

Mega Drive, US
Clayfighter MD US Box.jpg
Clayfighter md us cart.jpg
Mega Drive, EU
Clayfighter MD EU Box.jpg
Clayfighter MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
ClayFighter MD BR Box.jpg
ClayFighter MD BR Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, FR

ClayFighter MD FR Manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 b12c1bc1
MD5 c7a12f405a2120594254fce61ea0c516
SHA-1 9cd15c84f4ee85ad8f3a512a0fed000724251758
2MB 1994-11 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 1aaf7707
MD5 98191aadab9bf8d02e8a6e3be1f73a36
SHA-1 1cde95b5c2571555dfd6461c3fd7f15912197d0d
2MB 1994-11 Cartridge (EU)


  1. 1.0 1.1 File:MeanMachinesSega26UK.pdf, page 88
  2. File:EGM2 US 02.pdf, page 2
  3. File:EGM US 062.pdf, page 112
  4. File:GamePro US 064.pdf, page 116
  5. File:EGM2 US 05.pdf, page 258
  6. File:SegaVisions US 22.pdf, page 148
  7. File:VideoGames US 72.pdf, page 38
  8. File:ConsolesPlus FR 042.pdf, page 156
  9. File:PlayerOne FR 052.pdf, page 104
  10. File:VideoGames US 71.pdf, page 128